|V.E.S. Goes to the Market|
Ed Thomas - PVNN
On Friday, October 17th the Vallarta Enfrenta el SIDA Mobile Detection Unit held another V.E.S. health fair, this time at the 5 de diciembre Mercado. Thanks to a great job by all the volunteers and staff, they performed 58 HIV rapid detection tests.
|Upcoming VES Health Fair Events|
• Sunday, November 2nd, 10 am-2 pm, Manantial and Lima, Colonia Buenos Aires
• Saturday, November 8th, 10 am-2 pm, Paseo de las Palmas and Libramiento Luís Donaldo Colosio, Col. Barrio Sta. María
It was a great turn out from the shoppers and vendors alike, as after work several of the vendors came over and got tested. People are really starting to become receptive to the VES team as they are getting out there to so many of the colonias of Vallarta.
With volunteers like Lalo and Luis, who are passing out condoms and information about HIV and the importance of getting tested to anyone in their sights as they are stopping all passers by whether by car, truck, bus or on foot - even the police got stopped - the guys are very busy. They have been averaging about 25-30 walk-in tests a week at the office at Hidalgo #457 in El Centro. Office hours are Monday-Friday from 9 am to 2 pm and 4 pm to 7 pm and from 9 am to 2 pm on Saturday. No appointment is necessary and testing is open to all.
Next week is expected to be a very busy week for the guys, as Halloween and Día de Los Muertos are very busy times here in Vallarta. VES staff and volunteers, along with the "Chicas-VES" will be very busy handing out condoms and information at the bars.
They are looking for volunteers from now until then to insert condoms into an information packet they had printed up about their Yo Me Amo campaign. So if you could find any time to help out, it would be greatly appreciated. Some of us take them home and do them in our spare time or while watching TV.
Puerto Vallarta's HIV/AIDS non-profit organization, Vallarta Enfrenta el SIDA, and CAPASITS, work together to provide high-quality medical care, counseling and psychological support, education and prevention programs, and outreach to at-risk communities in the Banderas Bay area. For information, assistance, or to volunteer or donate, please visit VallartaEnfrentaSida.org. To learn more about VES, click HERE.